The Triadic Ballet (1927)

Between 1916 and 1927, Oskar Schlemmer had developed the "Triadic ballet", a plotless costume play in which the essential features of geometrically stylized body attire defined the dance. Schlemmer continued to base his work on the human figure as a model determined by mathematical and geometrical formulae.
He turned to choreography because of his concern for the relationships of figures in space, and he realized his vision of a dance of pure, geometric form in which dancers’ movements work against gravity and cooperate with it. The word “triadic” refers to the prevalence of the number three in the performance: three dancers, three musical movements, and three artistic elements (dance, costume and music).

He successfully conducts a renegotiation of deeply-rooted tendencies: abstraction-expression; mechanised-human bodies; heterogeneity-homogeneity of an art work constituted by a dialogue of different mediums. Then he Triadic Ballet represents a place of tensions followed by resolutions
The ballet did not have a plot. Instead, the figures told a story about moving geometric forms.
The Triadic Ballet allows yourselves to be astonished by the marvel of proportion, by the splendour of arithmetical ratios and numerical correspondences, and construct the principles we need from the results of such enquiries.

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